She has put her house on the market, the childcare she performed for her daughter for the last four years has now passed to a minder, and all her bills are paid.
But it is not her home town of Portland Oregon she is settling accounts with, it's life.
Nora has advanced breast cancer - she was first diagnosed 13 years ago.
She has run through the gamut of treatments but when it spread to her bones and then recently her liver she knew she was in the endgame with the disease.
The cancer will steadily cause her liver to fail and as it does, she will struggle to eat, the pain she feels daily will increase, more and more of her bodily functions will shut down and in the end even her mind could start to fail.
The state is the only location in the US which permits physician assisted dying.
This is the right for terminally ill patients with just six months to live to be prescribed and to self-administer a fatal dose of barbiturates.
In this way they can choose not to endure the pain, loss of control and loss of dignity that can sometimes accompany the end of life.
"I am not scared of dying," said Nora, "I am scared of how I am going to die."
It's always interesting to me how we sit here on Exisle and bandy about theories and opinions and suggestions and worries. We talk about things with the flair and passion of people who truly believe the things they support. I know we have a fairly active pro-life crowd who consider euthanasia a bad thing.
But can anyone really read this article and tell me this woman should be forced to live out her few remaining days, her body and mind failing more day by day, just because in most of the US she would not have had the right to physician assisted suicide?
A while back someone asked me how I, as a basically moral and decent person could possibly back euthanasia. I'd like to ask people how they can see a story like this and oppose it.